Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research

Melissa Olen

Research Associate

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Melissa joined the Centre for Fine Print Research in September 2012 as a researcher to work on the EU funded project Colour Printing 7.0: Next Generation Multi-Channel Printing.  Colour Printing 7.0 is a training and research project funded by Marie Curie Initial Training Networks. The project is led by The Norwegian Color Research Laboratory at Gjøvik University College with 5 full network partners, including Dr Carinna Parraman at UWE, and 8 associated partners from academia and industry throughout Europe and addresses a significant need for research, training and innovation in the printing industry.

The partners will undertake research in the colour printing field by fully exploring the possibilities of using more than the conventional four colorants (CMYK) in printing and focusing particularly on the spectral properties. One of the goals of the project is to train a new generation of printing scientists who will be able to assume science and technology leadership in this established technological sector.  As part of this project Melissa is undertaking a PhD on the topic “Applications in Fine Arts” under the supervision of Dr. Carinna Parraman.  

Melissa holds a BFA in Photographic Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an MA in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking from the University of the West of England. Additionally, her professional work experience has covered extensive work in image preparation and production in the photographic, fine art, and commercial markets. Through her previous experience Melissa has acquired a breadth of knowledge in inkjet printing technology, including quality concerns and practical colour management workflows. She has also assisted in the instruction of the CPD course on inkjet printing on various surfaces, demonstrating and explaining colour managed workflows, as well as jointly giving a demonstration at the IMPACT conference held at UWE in 2009. Melissa presented her paper entitled Physical and Virtual Attributes of Quality for Consideration by the Master Printer as part of a panel responding to the title A model for the collaborative studio in the 21st Century and the changing role of the Master Printer at the IMPACT7 Conference held in Melbourne, AU in 2011.

Melissa has also exhibited her personal work, which investigates the individual relationship to the photograph in terms of both subject and form, as well as how this connection influences her work as a digital imager. In her series Imaging Memory, she utilizes inkjet and laser printing technologies in the production of prints that explore recollection and means of photographic production. Work from this series has been exhibited in the UK as well as other venues within Europe.


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